Correlational finding on Happiness and Educational aspirations
Subject code: E01ad02

StudyBachman et al. (1978): study US 1966
TitleYouth in Transition, Vol. VI. Adolescence to Adulthood. Change and Stability in the Lives of Young Men.
SourceInstitute for Social Research, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
PublicPublic highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74
Non-Response2.8% at T1, 17.2% at T2, 21.0% at T3, 28.9% at T4, 28.5% at T5
Respondents N =1628

Author's labelHaving plans to go to college
Our classificationEducational aspirations, code E01ad02
Respondent was asked a series of questions about his 
future plans at; if he replied he would go to college 
or graduate school in answer to any one of the 
questions, he was coded as having college plans. 0 = no 
college plans; 1 = college plans. Assessed at T1, T2 
and T3

Observed Relation with Happiness
               College plans
Happiness      T1          T2          T3
T1         +.08 (05)   +.09 (05)   +.13 (001)
T2         +.04 (ns)   +.10 (01)   +.11 (01)
T3         +.01 (ns)   +.06 (ns)   +.09 (05)
T4         -.00 (ns)   +.02 (ns)   +.04 (ns)
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-g-mq-v-5-aSelfreport on 6 questions:

" Describe the kind of person you are. Please read each sentence, then mark how often it is true for you"
1 I feel like smiling
2 I generally feel in good spirits
3 I feel happy
4 I am very satisfied with life
5 I find a good deal of happiness in life
6 I feel sad

Response options:
5 almost always true
4 often true
3 sometimes true
2 seldom true
1 never true

Summation: average
Possible range: 1 to 5

Appendix 2: Statistics used
tauGOODMAN & Kruskal's TAU
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [0; +1]

tau = 0 knowledge of the correlate value does not improve the prediction quality of the happiness rating.
tau = 1 knowledge of the correlate value enables a perfect (error-free) prediction of the happiness rating.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.